Mothers Day UK 2018 Gift Ideas?
When Is Mothers Day UK 2018?
If you’re wondering whether it’s a bit early this year, you are correct. You see, the annual date of Mothers Day UK is not on a fixed Sunday every year like its Fathers Day counterpart and most other annual celebration days.
So we can’t look at a non-holiday marked calendar and say Mother’s Day UK 2018 will be held on the nth Sunday of nth month, as opposed to Father’s Day UK (the third Sunday of June each year). Mothering Sunday is held on a changeable Sunday.
Mother Day Is Based Off The Date Of Lent
This is because it is linked to Lent in the Christian religion. The period Lent occurs varies each year as it is based on the liturgical calendar and not our standard calendar. So Lent determines what day Mothering Sunday (as Mothers Day UK was originally designated by Christians, many of whom still refer to it this way) is to be celebrated on.
Specifically, Mothers Day in the UK occurs on the 4th Sunday of Lent every year. So it is fixed after a fashion, because it is fixed to an event that itself happens at a variable time each year.
And so if you have no idea of when Lent is, then you will of course need to look the date up or consult a calendar with holiday dates listed in it, or end up searching for a website like this that will tell you and offer some some Mother’s Day gift ideas.
History of Mothers Day in the UK
The UK has an interesting history when it comes to Mothers Day. And that is because historically, the significance of this date as indicated earlier, has religious roots rather than the wider commercial and secular ones surrounding the celebration of Mothers Day in the UK today.
As mentioned above, the real or original name for the occasion, based on its original religious meaning is Mothering Sunday. And that event was based around attending church on that date to honour the “mother” church.
Hello Mothers Day – Goodbye Mothering Sunday
The term Mothering Sunday can still be heard, but the term Mothers Day in the UK has become much more popular over the years, as has the public’s recognition and celebration of it, not as a religious occasion, but as a secular and commercial event to celebrate and show appreciation for our mothers.
Ironically, this convergence has not existed with other countries that observe Mothers Day, just the UK and Ireland.
Some Countries have a Fixed Annual Date
The modern International Mothers Day is believed to have had its origins in the US, where one Anna Jarvis had nationally campaigned for it in the early 1900s, leading to the first celebration of International Mother’s Day in the US on 28th February 1909.
In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the term “second Sunday in May” leading to the date now observed by the many countries as Mother’s Day, while many other countries, such as the UK and Ireland applied the concept of Mother’s day to other dates.
The biggest irony of Mother’s Day is that Anna Jarvis’ intentions were specifically intended to celebrate and show appreciation for your mother. Yet like all good opportunities for celebration, an opportunity to commercialise the event took hold.
Within 9 years of the first celebration of Mothers, the commercialisation of the event had become so strong that Anna would engage in a lifelong battle to try to restore the vision of Mother’s Day as she envisioned it should be. So perhaps Mothers Day in the UK would have looked more like Mothering Sunday if history had played out a bit differently.
And maybe Mothers Day UK would have been more about spending time with your mum than only buying a gift!
Today, many people use the occasion of Mothers Day in the UK to send their Mother a card, often accompanied by a bunch of flowers and/or a present, such as a gift for a pampering / spa treatment, some jewellery or even an occasion to take mother out to a meal at a restaurant or some other joint activity.
Make Mothers Day UK 2018 a good one for your mother, this Sunday 11th March 2018!